How does mediation work?

You may contact a mediator directly or your solicitor may refer you. What can you expect to happen?

Mediation Assesment

Not everyone is ready for mediation at the same stage of their separation, so the mediator needs to find out whether it is suitable for both of you.

An initial consultation will soon be able to determine the best course of action. Since April 2011, there has been a requirement (with some exceptions) that anybody wanting to go to court should first attend a meeting (called a MIAM) with an appropriately qualified mediator to find out about mediation and other non-court options.

We will also assess your eligibility for financial assistance and explain charges if you are not eligible. If you decide not to mediate, this stage is necessary if you want to go to court, as the court will expect a certificate from the mediator before you start proceedings.

We will discuss the process to ensure you understand how it works. They will then contact your partner and have the same conversation with them.

Working Out The Details

Further meetings will be scheduled at which you may work on communication issues, renew arrangements for children, exchange financial information and consider options. We may be able to help with financial advice or support for your children.

Finalising The Proposals

Once you have proposals you both find acceptable, the mediator will prepare a summary of them together with a summary of the financial information.

This will be sent to each of you to discuss with your lawyers. After you have both received legal advice and if you are both still content with the proposals, the lawyers will convert the summary into a legally binding document and oversee any necessary implementation
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